It's my great pleasure to welcome Jennifer Faye to my blog today - who is going to share her love of cookies, and how making them together creates a special bond.
Over to Jennifer -
I’ve always had a fondness for cookies. As a kid, my aunt couldn’t bake enough of them at the holidays to fill me up. ;-) I can remember trays and trays of them filling my grandmother’s dining room. It brought the family together in the evenings as they perused the large assortment and tried to narrow down their choice. But being a kid, I wasn’t the least bit worried about my waistline and as kids do I was going with the adage, first come first served. ;-)
But I remember how it would bring the family together. The kids would sit around with their milk and cookies. And the grownups would have theirs with coffee and good conversation. It’s amazing how some dough and sugar draw people together. The conversations start with something like, “You know the other day…” Soon the smiles and belly laughs follow.
A similar event happens for Kara and Jason in my current release, SNOWBOUND WITH THE SOLDIER. Instead of them reaffirming family bonds, they find themselves realizing what they could have if they could resolve their issues.
Kara was in charge of rolling out the already made and chilled cookie dough, as well as working the oven. That left him and Samantha to do the decorating. Bowls of various colors of icing lined the table. In addition, there were red, green and white sprinkles of varying shapes and sizes. Kara certainly seemed to think of everything
“What’s that?” he asked, gesturing to the cookie Samantha was about to decorate. “A pony?”
She giggled. “Mommy, he doesn’t know what a reindeer looks like.”
“He doesn’t. Well, I guess you’ll just have to teach him these things.”
“See? These are the antlers.” Samantha grew serious and pointed to the cookie. “And if I put this red ball on its nose, then it’s Rudolph.”
Every time the child smiled it was like warm sunbeams hitting Jason’s chest. He couldn’t resist a bit more teasing. “I don’t know. Still looks like a pony with a bad cold.”
The sweet chimes of Samantha’s laughter pealed through the kitchen. Even Kara was smiling and shaking her head. He had no idea until that moment how rewarding he found the sound of laughter from these two special ladies. So why was he hesitant to lay the whole truth on the line with Kara? Why couldn’t he take the next step necessary to ensure he didn’t lose her, now that he’d broken through her stony barrier?
I thought I’d share this really yummy recipe that Kara used to make those magical cookies. ;-) They are easy, fast and tasty. How could you ask for more?
8 oz Cream Cheese, softened
¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
3 tsp vanilla
2 ¼ cups flour
½ tsp baking soda
Preheat oven to 350°F
Beat cream cheese, butter, sugar and vanilla until well blended.
Add baking soda. Blend. Slowly add flour, blending after each small addition until all flour is blended.
Place in a Ziploc bag.
Refrigerate for an hour minimum.
Roll and cut into your favorite shapes. And decorate.
Bake 6 to 8 minutes.
P.S. if you are wondering, yes, I really did bake those Christmas cookies in October. Just for you. :-) When my family heard what I was up to, they rolled their eyes and snickered. They said, who bakes Christmas cookies in October? I must admit I never had before now. But the family quit laughing when the cookies came out of the over and they got to eat them. ;-) BTW, I totally understand if you want to print the recipe and save it for December…like normal people. LOL.
P.S.S. I apologize that the cookies aren’t decorated better, but my helpers were otherwise occupied. So that left me to do it all. Normally I make the dough, roll them out and bake them, but I do not decorate. So I did my best. ;-)
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Jennifer Faye is a two-time RT Book Reviews TOP PICK author. Maybe that’s partly due to the fact that she has spent most of her life with her nose in one book or another. It was only natural that she dreamed of becoming a romance writer and spinning the tales of the imaginary people running around in her mind. But first life took her on a couple of detours. Refusing to give up on her dreams, she finally succeeded in getting her name on a book cover. She currently resides in Pennsylvania with her very, very patient husband, one amazing daughter (the other remarkable daughter has flown the coop to chase her own dreams) and two spoiled rotten cats. When she’s not glued to her laptop writing another contemporary romance (which isn’t often) or enjoying some family time, she loves to get lost in a good book, cross-stitch, embroider, quilt, knit, watch hockey (go Pittsburgh Penguins!), and garden. Jennifer loves to hear from readers--you can contact her via her website.